Copyright (c) 2004 St. Mary's University of San Antonio
St. Mary's Law Journal
COMMENT: FOR ANY REASON OR NO REASON AT ALL: RECONCILING EMPLOYMENT-AT-WILL WITH THE RIGHTS OF TEXAS WORKERS AFTER MISSION PETROLEUM CARRIERS, INC. V. SOLOMON
35 St. Mary's L. J. 741
JASON P. LEMONS
Since its inception, Texas has been a favored destination for both upstart entrepreneurs and established corporations. 1 Businesses of all types have flocked to the state for a variety of reasons: a growing population base, 2 a continuous flow of immigration, 3 a skilled and diverse labor force, 4 a cutting-edge high-tech industry, 5 and a strong presence in international trade, buoyed by the I-35/NAFTA corridor. 6 The Central Texas and Arlington-Dallas/Fort Worth regions have recently experienced the most prolific economic growth in the state, thanks in part to continuing corporate relocation. 7 The Houston area has enjoyed significant job growth due to its long-time prominence in international business, banking, and diplomacy. 8 Toyota's recent decision to make San Antonio its newest North American manufacturing site was also a major victory for Texas business. 9 Toyota's choice was difficult; four other states were in the running, and Texas offered the fewest incentives of any of the suitors. 10 But the auto manufacturer could not resist the attractive intangibles Texas offered, including a friendly business environment, favorable tax rates, public infrastructure, and the area's accessibility to other markets. 11 In both high and hard times, Texas's business and political leaders have worked hard to ensure that Texas remains one of the premier business destinations in the country. 12
One of the less heralded, but nonetheless significant factors that makes Texas so attractive to businesses is its long-standing devotion to the doctrine of at-will employment. The doctrine generally states that ...
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